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Keith Vickers of  Hampton Green in Balbriggan was given a 10-month suspended sentence.

Keith Vickers of Hampton Green in Balbriggan was given a 10-month suspended sentence.

Keith Vickers of Hampton Green in Balbriggan was given a 10-month suspended sentence.

A GARDA was left with a profusely bleeding hand after he was struck with a steel pole by a dad-of-three, a court heard.

Keith Vickers (37) had to be pepper-sprayed by gardaí following the incident.

He claimed he was so intoxicated he did not know what he was doing and had not intended to hit anyone.

Judge Cephas Power imposed a 10-month sentence suspended for two years after hearing Vickers had turned his life around.

The defendant, of Hampton Green in Balbriggan, Dublin, admitted hitting Garda Padraig Kelly with a steel pole outside his home on March 26, 2018.

Sergeant Darren Farrelly told Swords District Court the Regional Support Unit was deployed to the scene due to the domestic nature of the call.

Sgt Farrelly said Vickers was verbally abusive to gardaí and when he came out of the house he picked up a steel pole which was lying on the ground.

The court heard Vickers was swinging the pole and Gda Kelly went to block it with his hand. The pole hit Gda Kelly's hand which started to bleed profusely.

He subsequently required a number of stitches to his hand.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Vickers was so inebriated that he was lashing out widely, but he had not intended to hit anyone.

He was mortified he had behaved in such a manner and was very sorry, she added.

Ms D'Arcy said Vickers had battled a heroin addiction for some time but was looking much healthier now and seemed to be a lot better.

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He received a prison sentence last year and this was a shock to him, as he realised he was missing out on so much of his children's lives, she said.

Vickers was nearly off methadone and stayed clean and sober during the last year of lockdowns, Ms D'Arcy added.

Imposing a suspended sentence, Judge Power accepted Vickers was in a very different position now than when this incident took place.

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